Category Archives: Water Conservation

Tuesday To-Do: Presentation on Eco-Logical Communities at Nightbird Books

Wanna know why I love Fayetteville? Fayetteville is so determined to reduce its energy and water uses that it has created a community-wide initiative to encourage energy efficiency and water conservation.

Called the Eco-Logical Communities, the initiative currently boosts 650 households in Fayetteville and over 1,000 households in northwest Arkansas.

Don’t know about Eco-Logical Communities? Come to the presentation tonight at 7 p.m. at NightBird Books (205 Dickson Street) in Fayetteville. Topics covered will include:

  • Utility company programs to help homeowners make energy efficiency upgrades
  • Coupons, rebates and tax incentives for energy efficiency
  • Eco-Logical Communities and Fayetteville ’s environmental dashboard
  • Earth Aid and setting up personal dashboards to track energy and water conservation at home

The event is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Applied Sustainability Center and the Ozark Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club.

All are invited to attend! Help grow the Eco-Logical Communities in Fayetteville!

For more information, contact Michele Halsell at mhalsell@walton.uark.edu.

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Thursday To-Do: U.S. Green Building Council Residential Green Discussion Group

Interested in building or renovating your home using green design and materials? Then, join this discussion group hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council – Arkansas Chapter, tomorrow, November 18 between noon and 1 p.m. at Arkansas Studies Institute (401 President Clinton Avenue) in downtown Little Rock.

Mark Brown with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will discuss water conservation.

No reservation necessary for this free event. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact Anncha Briggs at anncha1@aol.com.

Save the Date! Central AR Water Lake Maumelle Clean Up

Central Arkansas Water (CAW) is sponsoring a “Southshore Sweep” at Lake Maumelle on Saturday, November 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. CAW is inviting the central Arkansas community to join in this project to “spruce up” the area around Lake Maumelle by helping to remove trash and debris from the public-use areas in the Maumelle Watershed.

Ms. Stephanie Hymel, CAW’s Stewardship Coordinator, said that the “Southshore Sweep” provides volunteers in central Arkansas an opportunity to help protect the water quality in Lake Maumelle – a primary water source that provides drinking water for 16 communities consisting of almost 400,000 people.

Those interested in helping with the cleanup should plan to meet at Jolly Roger’s Marina on Arkansas Highway 10 at 9 a.m. They will then head out in teams to various public-use areas along the southshore of the lake. At noon on Saturday, CAW will provide pizza, drinking water, and soft drinks to those who helped with the cleanup.

Ms. Hymel noted that the southshore area was chosen for the cleanup because it has some of the most popular public-use areas on the lake. She added that the Lake Maumelle Watershed is a focal point for natural resources preservation and protection.

GreenAR by the Day agrees and will be there for the cleanup. Come and join me in keeping Lake Maumelle clean!

To register to participate in the “Southshore Sweep” or to obtain more information, contact Stephanie Hymel at (501) 377-1331 or Stephanie.Hymel@carkw.com.

Learn How to Manage Drinking Water Resources for a Sustainable Future

Central Arkansas Water and Carollo Engineers are hosting a workshop titled Managing Drinking Water Resources for a Sustainable Future on September 15 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce in North Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

Tentative Agenda

MORNING SESSION – Sustainability and Water Conservation – A Utility Perspective

  • 7:30 – 8:00 am: Registration and Social/Networking
  • 8:00 – 8:30 am: Morning Workshop Focus Discussion: Set the Stage – Graham W. Rich, P.E., BCEE, CAW
  • 8:30 – 10:30 am: Water Conservation Measures to Reduce Peak Day Demands
  • 10:30 – 10:45 am: BREAK
  • 10:45 – 11:30 am: Roundtable Discussion – National and Local Funding Mechanisms for Sustainability Initiatives
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm: LUNCH BREAK

AFTERNOON SESSION – Reducing Peak Day Demands – A Community Perspective

  • 1:00 – 1:30 pm: Welcome: CAW Past, Present, and Future – Graham W. Rich, P.E., BCEE, CAW
  • 1:30 – 2:15 pm: Introduction, Low Impact Development – Dr. Marty Matlock, University of Arkansas
  • 2:15 – 3:00 pm: Smart Lawn Watering Techniques / Outdoor Water Audits – Dr. Garry McDonald, University of Arkansas
  • 3:00 – 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:15 – 4:00 pm: Local Landscaping Techniques for Water Conservation – Martin Smith, Ecological Design Group
  • 4:00 – 4:45 pm: Designing a Water Neutral Commercial Building Site – TBD

RSVP to Lindsey Bergsven at LBergsven@carollo.com or (913) 663-1788, Ext. 223, no later than August 30, 2010. Please note whether attending morning
session, afternoon session, or both.

For more information, visit: www.carkw.com.

Saturday To-Do: 5th Annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake

The fifth annual Secchi Day on Beaver Lake will be held tomorrow, Saturday, August 21 at the East and West Shelters near the boat ramp at Prairie Creek on Beaver Lake in Rogers.

The event is named for the Secchi Disk, a black and white device lowered into the water to measure clarity.

Volunteer scientists are needed from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Pre-registration and boat required. Space is limited. For information, email your name and a daytime cell or landline number to Drew Dickey at ddickey@bwdh2o.org.

That’s not all, though! A free Water Education Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. Prizes will be awarded and activities are family friendly for all ages.

A hot dog lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. From noon to 12:30 p.m., there’s a free sing along with Marshall Mitchell performing songs related to water quality in Northwest Arkansas.

Other activities include Build-A-Rain Barrel ($45 per person and must pre-pay and pre-register, call 479-271-1060) and Pontoon Boat Tour (first-come, first-serve but no charge). There’s also a photo contest — email awilson@bwdh2o.org for instructions.

For more information, visit: http://www.bwdh2o.org/index.php?fuseaction=p0007.&mod=35 or contact Amy Wilson, Beaver Water District, at (479) 717-3807.

AR Business: UCA Tests ‘Green Roof’ at Laney Hall

The University of Central Arkansas is testing a 2,000-square feet green roof on Laney Hall to help school officials determine green roof benefits and how they function.

A green roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Environmental benefits of green roofs include reductions in energy use and water runoff.

To read the Arkansas Business article, visit http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article.aspx?aID=121980.54928.134118&cID=7.

Free Can the Grease Kit for Central AR Residents

Some posts are worth repeating, especially when there is an update.

Did you know that grease and oil build up cause 70-80% of dry weather overflows? What is dry weather overflow, you ask? A dry weather overflow (DWO) refers to a sewer overflow that occurs in the absence of wet weather (Don’t worry. I had to look it up). DWOs are usually caused by line blockages, bottlenecks in the system, or some other operation and/ or maintenance issue. DWOs consist of concentrated wastewater, and concentrated wastewater can carry a variety of things, including human bacteria, viruses, chemicals, and oils. In other words, when you flush cooking grease down the drain, you may be causing DWOs and increasing your chance of exposure to these nasty stuff. Yuck!

What can we do to prevent DWOs? If you live in Little Rock, request a free Can the Grease kit from Little Rock Wastewater.  If you live in Jacksonville, request it from Jacksonville Wastewater Utility. The kit includes one Can the Grease can, six heat-resistant liners, magnets with a mail-in-coupon for a free refill of liners, and a brochure on how to keep sewer lines free of grease build up.

Here’s how it works. After cooking, pour the grease into the can. When it’s full, close the bag and dump it in the trash can. Then, replace the liner. It’s easy, it’s free, and it’s good for the environment. What more can you ask?

If you are a Little Rock resident, call (501) 688-1400 to request your free Can the Grease kit. If you are a Jacksonville resident, call (501)982-0581.

For more information about Little Rock Wastewater’s Can the Grease program, visit their website, www.lrwu.com/can-the-grease.asp. For more information about Jacksonville Wastewater Utility, visit www.jwwu.com.